McClung Museum News

Neanderthals Expert to Speak at McClung Museum April 14

An expert on Neanderthals and human evolution will be the next speaker at a special lecture series at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Fred H. Smith, a noted human paleontologist and professor of anthropology and biological sciences at Illinois State University, will speak at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Smith also is an UT alumnus and former professor. The lecture will take place in the McClung auditorium.

McClung Museum Begins Fiftieth Anniversary Lecture Series March 14

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will begin a special lecture series March 14 to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. The series will bring in worldwide experts to speak on topics related to the museum’s collections and exhibitions on archaeology, Egyptology, decorative arts, the American Civil War, geology, and natural history. All lectures are free and open to the public.

McClung Museum to Host Family Day for Turkomen Exhibit on February 23

The Frank H. McClung Museum invites area families to attend a free day of jewelry making and museum tours on Saturday, February 23. The event, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., will include a tour given by museum educators of the current temporary exhibit, Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes from Central Asia. Educators will also provide instruction for a jewelry-making activity.

McClung Museum to Host Civil War Lecture Series Starting January 27

The places and people of Civil War Knoxville will be the subject of a new lecture series that kicks off Sunday, January 27, at the Frank H. McClung Museum. The third annual Civil War Lecture Series will explore topics from Civil War maps of East Tennessee to the first heavy artillery US Colored Troops. The monthly event will be held 2:00 p.m. on Sundays in the museum’s auditorium. Joan Markel, McClung’s Civil War curator, will lead the talks.

McClung Museum Curator Discusses Near-Extinct Mussels at Science Forum

Alabama lampmussels were considered to be all but extinct when Gerry Dinkins and two other scientists discovered some in the Emory River in Morgan County, Tennessee. Dinkins is curator of malacology, or the study of mollusks, at the Frank H. McClung Museum. He’ll be talking about this discovery at the Science Forum on January 25. The Science Forum is a weekly brown bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to share their research with the general public through a conversational presentation.

‘Treasures of the Turkomen’ Exhibit Opens at McClung Museum January 18

First worn by a woman at her wedding, the jewelry is common across all Turkomen tribes. The tube portion of the piece is hollow to hold written prayers or other sacred objects.

Elaborate silver, gilt jewelry, carpets, and textiles from the Turkomen tribes of Iran, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan are the focus of a new exhibit, which opens January 18 at the Frank H. McClung Museum. The exhibit, Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes from Central Asia, runs through May 12.

Events Aim to Lower Stress of Finals Week

Finals begin Thursday, and for some students that means marathon study sessions, too little sleep, and too much stress. Luckily, students (and faculty and staff) won’t have to look far to find some fun respite to the chaos.

Holiday ‘Staycation': UT Has Plenty of Activities to Fill the Free Hours


As the fall semester comes to a close, there are still plenty of activities to fill your free time during the holiday season. From the Clarence Brown Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol to hands-on activities at the UT Gardens, the campus has something for everyone.